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captioning made possible by johnson & j where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations >> osgood: good morning. i'm charles osgood and this is sunday morning. sometimes the name of a street says it all. wall street. sunset boulevard. fifth avenue. do which you can add k street in washington d.c., the capital insiders when you mention k street you're talking about the lobbying industry. yes, in its way own it is an industry and it's the subject of our sunday morning cover story to be reported this morning by
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sheryl at kissson. >> lobbying is a notoriously secretive business yet few industries have more impact on our daily lives. >> the boy scouts have lobbyists. the afl-cio has lobbyists. apple does. everybody has a lobbyist. the influence of business in washington d.c. is the third largest business after government and tourism. >> you can still do a lot of military. >> reporter: a rare look inside the powerful world of k street later on sunday morning. >> osgood: on this weekend before columbus day, we've embarked on a journey to discover columbus and find out more about the man we honor tomorrow. mo rocca will be at the helm. >> reporter: ohio's biggest city is named after him. so is a certain district. but does christopher columbus really deserve all this credit? >> he actually didn't discover north america. he never set foot in north america and never even knew it existed. he wasn't the first person to discover the american continent
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from europe. >> reporter: ahead on sunday morning, up close and personal with christopher columbus. >> osgood: the who is widely considered one of the world's great rock bands and its lead guitarist, pete townsend the giant of rock'n'roll. this morning anthony mason sits down with townsend for a rare interview. ♪ >> reporter: pete townsend's incendiary performances helped make the who rock aristocracy. did you enjoy smashing the guitars? >> it felt to me like an artistic act. >> reporter: now he looks back at the heights of the who and the depths of his controversial arrest. did you think at that moment that your reputation was effectively destroyed? >> yeah. reporter: pete townsend on who he is ahead on sunday morning. >> osgood: it's been said that diamonds are a girl's best friend. that is certain lee true for the
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women our bill geist will tell us about. in their case it's a baseball diamond. ♪ take me out to the ballgame ♪ take me out with the crowd >> reporter: the all american girls' professional baseball league. >> there's no crying in baseball. >> reporter: which inspiredded the film "a league of their own" is long gone. >> thank you very much. reporter: but the players are still stars. and they've still got it. as you'll see later on sunday morning. >> osgood: rit a braver takes a closer look at the art of painter winslow homer. david martin tells us about the other iran hostages and the man who freed them. we'll have a real cool story about frozen food and more but first the ed lines for this sunday morning the 7th of october, 2012. federal health officials continue the search for patients who have been injected with a tainted steroid linked to a meningitis outbreak. the outbreak has spread to more
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than 60 people in nine states. seven people have died. radical preacher al masri and four other terrorism suspects appeared in federal court yesterday just hows after being extradited from britain. yesterday in pakistan hundreds of activists took to the streets to protest continuing u.s. drone strikes. the pentagon says the unmanned aircraft target only militants. the protestors say they've also killed many innocent civilians. 32 americans are among those taking part in the two-day march. israel says its air force shot down an unmanned drone that entered its air space from the mediterranean yesterday. as yet no information on who sent it. the price of gasoline reached an all-time high in california yesterday. the average cost of a gallon there is now $4.61. prices are expected to continue rising a few more days before leveling off. we're told the price spike is the result of reduced supply and
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a volatile market. big bird was a surprise guest on saturday night last night. but declined comment on presidential hopeful mitt romney's plan to cut funding for pbs. >> so, before you go, do you have any political statement you'd like to make? >> no. i don't want to ruffle any feathers. >> osgood: here's today's weather. massive cold canadian air is pushing temperatures down into the 50s as far south as texas. the panhandle might even see snow. tomorrow most of us will discover considerably warmer weather outside our doors. next. >> great to meet you. osgood: behind closed doors. and later... >> that's the house. reporter: pete,,,,,,,,,,,,
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for food, for family, and now, something extra -- for you. >> osgood: in washington, k street northwest is is the street where many of the city's most influential lobbyists have their headquarters. in our sunday morning cover story, correspondent sheryl at kissson takes us behind closed doors. >> the catholic church has lobbyists. the boy scouts have lobbyists. the afl-cio has lobbyists. does. everybody has a lobbyist. >> reporter: no one knows the business of washington lobbying better than professor james thurber. he helped write a report on lobbying reform for the american bar association and teaches a course to aspiring lobbyists at
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american university. give us the crash course "lobbying for dummies." >> the definition of a lobbyist in the united states is someone who advocates for someone else and is getting paid for it. >> reporter: the fingerprints of lobbyists are all over daily life. they defeated plans to cap credit card interest rates. they made pizza count as a vegetable on school lunch menus. they wrote a lot of the health care reform law. thurber estimates $9 billion is spent every year on lobbying and related advocacy, a top lobbyist can make millions the influence of business in washington d.c. is the third largest business after government and tourism. i think there's probably 100,000 people in the industry, not lobbyists specifically but in the industry supporting all of that in washington. >> reporter: and what do clients expect from their lobbyists? we asked gary lauer, ceo of a $150 million california firm
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called e-health insurance, a website that lets customers shop for health insurance from 180 companies. >> i was interested in getting some lobbyists, a, who had high credibility and, b, who could frankly get some doors open so we could explain what the situation was and what we think the remedy would be. >> reporter: specifically he was seeking to change the rules of health care reform so low-income americans can use government subsidies to buy insurance througcompanies like e-health. lobbyist lanny davis agreed to represent e health. what would you say is the good, the bad and the ugly of lobbying in washington d.c.? >> the good is you meet interesting people. certainly if it's a cause you believe in, you go to members of congress and you can be passionate and truthful and do the opposite of what most people think lobbyists do. the bad is that most people think you're sleazy and you're doing something against the public interest.
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>> reporter: davis founded purple nation solutions, a p.r. firm that does lobbying. he's former white house counsel to president clinton and friend to hillary. his political connections date back to democrat bobby kennedy and extend well past republican george w. bush. >> president bush and i were fraternity brothers together in college. despite our political differences we were very close friends. >> reporter: davis sees his role as an educator, teaching members of congress about his clients' issues. >> the most important function a lobbyist provides is to provide facts and information. >> reporter: but first they have to get their foot in the door. >> hi, congressman, how are you? reporter: the business of lobbying is shrouded in secrecy. >> great to meet you. reporter: we were given rare access to the inner workings. including this networking event for lobbyists and their guests. >> i really specialize in
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technology and helping those small technology companies through the process. >> you find that champion for your cause and you ride that for all its worth. >> reporter: our cameras were allowed along on actual lobby visits, being conducted most any time congress is in session. davis is such a familiar face in the halls of the capitol, republican congresswoman mary bono mack greets him with a kiss. >> lobbyists trade on -- if you want to use the bad word -- trade on friendships. >> excuse me. this is a won woman. >> do i ever ask a friend to do something contrary to their values and judgment on the facts? never. >> you know i've been a friend of the congressman for many years. >> i do. reporter: today they're paying a call on pennsylvania democratic congresswoman. >> that's why i try to make sure my door is open to everyone. and that we get the right information so we can make the
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best decisions. >> reporter: there are two components to successful lobbying. access and money. donations from lobbyists and their clients to members of congress. while it's illegal for members of congress to cast votes in exchange for campaign contributions, that would be bribery, there's plenty of walking right up to the line. >> i think that when people give campaign contributions, they are not there simply to improve the workings of democracy. they're there to buy access. >> everybody in washington who is a lobbyist gives campaign contributions. almost everybody that i know as a lobbyist. money itself is not bad. the question is, is somebody honest or going to be influenced by the money. >> reporter: but the professor says the relationship between lobbyists and congress is sealed by one guiding principle. >> the iron law of reciprocity. the iron law of reciprocity meaning i'll help you if you help me is ingraind in politics.
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it's ingraind on the hill. >> reporter: that's perfectly legal. >> that's perfectly legal. and it's nontransparent frequently. >> reporter: the campaign donations and fund-raisers often take place out of public view. earlier this year, we took hidden cameras to this swank key largo resort to observe as lobbyists and other big donors paid thousands of dollars to spend the weekend with republicanmen mostly freshmen. on the golf course, charter fishing on a boat named good life. over drinks at the resort bar. >> these freshmen, about half of them said they were aligned with the tea party movement, had high ideals about changing washington, the debt and the deficit and tax reform and everything but also about campaign money. well, they realized that campaigns are very expensive. if you want to win, you've got to bring in a lot of money. >> reporter: efforts to regulate
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lobbying date back to 1876 when the house first required lobby i haves to register with the clerk. in the 21st century, the lobbying industry has become a revolving door for lawmakers. they retire from congress and make more money returning as lobbyists, often getting special access with their former colleagues on capitol hill. a study by the watchdog group public citizen found that 43% of the members of congress who left office between 1998 and mid 2005 went on to register as lobbyists. in 2007, thurber advised then senator obama, who championed sweeping lobby reform. >> big money and lobbyists were clearly drowning out the aspirations of the american people. >> reporter: lobbyist jake abrahm off had just gone to prison for cheating clients and bribing congress. lawmakers passed new reforms that required strict public disclosure of lobbying
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activities and limited the gifts and trips lobbyists can buy from members of congress. today thurber has some surprising words about president obama. >> president obama in his campaign in 2008 said he was going to change the way washington works. >> i will launch the most sweeping ethics reform in history to make the white house the people's house and send the washington lobbyists back to k street. ( applause ) >> he hasn't. he's failed. because if you want to get a piece of legislation like his health care piece through, you have to bring in big interests. he did. he brought in a.a.r.p., he brought in hospital associations, he brought in the a.m.a. in a coalition to support that. >> reporter: increasingly lobbyists aren't just influencing legislation. they help write it. even davis recalls being put off by that facet of a lobbyist's role several years ago >> there were 40 lobbyists in the room.
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we were arguing as if we were elected to something, about the placement of a comma. i kid you not. the placement of that comma had a huge -- i won't explain why, but trust me -- it had a huge importance. i thought to myself, if the american people were really here and we were on c-span, there would be blood in the streets. >> we're going to talk about neuro science >> reporter: in the end e-health's lobbying was successful in changing the rules. low-income americans will be allowed to use their subsidies to buy insurance on e-health. did you have to write a proposed regulation to hand them? >> we've written a lot. at the end of the day the regulation didn't use all of our language. that was fine. but it caught the essence of this. and it included some things that these people in health and human services thought were important which we agreed with. >> that was a good meeting i would say that the process here is far from elegant. the process here involves influence >> you guys still do a lot of
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military? >> democracy is a messy way of governing yourself. and there are imperfections that people vote for bills that they don't read. they vote for words that lobby i haves have written. but it is the system that's better than any other system. we just have to make it better in my view by having more transparency. ♪ >> osgood: coming up, the cold facts. ♪ into a scooter that talks to the cloud? ♪ or make 70,000 trades a second... ♪ reach one customer at a time?
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>> osgood: and now a page from our sunday morning almanac. october 7, 1956. 56 years ago today. a cold day in kitchens across america. for that was the day clarence robert byrdseye, the father of frozen foods, died. born in brooklyn birdsiowas a natural working in northern canada when he noticed that fish he caught froze almost instantly in the frigid air. and when cooked and eaten even weeks later tasted almost fresh. the secret, he realized was to freeze food fast. so he developed his patented double beltd freezer which froze and packaged foods at temperatures reaching 50 degrees below 0. birdseye struggled to get his business off the ground. so in 1929 he sold his patents
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to what would become the general foods corporation. for $22 million. that's about $300 million in 2012 dollars. he remained with the company though and the following year birdseye frozen foods hit the market. >> some freeze food. birdseye freezes flavor. >> osgood: including 18 cuts of meat, spinach, peas, fruits, fish fill as, even blue point oysters. skeptical of the new technology the public didn't immediate warm to frozen foods. but during world war ii the industry got a boost because of rationing canned goods became scarce opening the door to frozen foods packaged in cardboard and cellophane >> they are sweet as the moment when the pod went pop >> osgood: birdseye and other frozen foods took off especially when families started eating dinner in front of another revolutionary invention: the television. today frozen food is a
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multibillion dollar industry. and whether you're in the mood for a pizza, beur eat owe or lobster tails, you can take your pick and enjoy it in minutes thanks in large part to clarence birdseye. ahead, winslow homer. american original. we're sitting on a bunch of shale gas. there's natural gas under my town. it's a game changer. ♪ it means cleaner, cheaper american-made energy. but we've got to be careful how we get it. design the wells to be safe. thousands of jobs. use the most advanced technology to protect our water. billions in the economy. at chevron, if we can't do it right, we won't do it at all. we've got to think long term. we've got to think long term. ♪
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>> reporter: if any painter has captured the rugged beauty of maine's coast, the thrilling play of water and light against rock, it has to be winslow homer. >> he's a realist and he's a naturalist. he's interested in telling you about the power of nature in a singlingal wave. he wants you to feel the spray in that painting itself. >> reporter: and though many of us are familiar with what winslow homer painted, until now, we haven't had a chance to see where he painted many of his master works. his studio on prouts neck just a few miles outside portland where he lived and worked from 1883 until his death more than a
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quarter century later. >> he could walk down to the cliff, see what he needed to city, sketch, come back up here and then paint it in the studio >> reporter: mark is director of the portland museum of art which just finished a five-year renovation of the studio. if you read this picture... now open to the public for the first time, it was purchasedded directly from homer's great grand nephew. >> the building was authentic because the family never wanted to adjust it and move away from the feeling of winslow homer >> reporter: winslow homer etched his name into one of the windows. his chair and his pipe are here along with a sign he posted outside the house. it helps explain his reputation as a character and a curmudgeon >> people would come knock the door and want to see his paintings so he would lean this against the fence to basically say, "don't bother me. don't come in. i don't want to talk to you."
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>> reporter: winslow homer was born in boston in 1836. his father was a businessman; his mother a water colorist who painted these plates that hang in the studio. homer got his start as a combat artist working for harper's weekly during the civil war. >> our painting sharp shooter one of his first painting was originally an etching but it turned into a painting >> reporter: before he settled in maine homer lived and worked in new york and studied in europe too. but his work was always distinctly american. this painting, artist sketching in the white mountains, shows his sense of humor. >> he creates a painting of himself painting the mountains and then another artist painting the mountain and another. so it's kind of a caricature of the tourist industry beginning. >> reporter: other early works like "snap the whip" and "breezing up" celebrated the joys of everyday life.
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>> if you look back and think about, you know, who was truly the first artist to represent these things that were american, whether it's subject matter, the way in which he paints, the way in which he lived his life, he is that quintessential person >> reporter: but it was a coast of maine where winslow homer moved in his late 40s that transformed him into the artist we know today. he ended up here because his older brother charles, a real estate developer, purchased land on prouts neck to build a family compound. winslow homer chose the carriage house for his home and studio and had it moved to a spot next door where he could study the ocean's moves. >> we're kind of walking on... this is sacred ground reporter: to celebrate the studio's opening, the portland museum has mounted a new exhibit devoted to the work homer produced at prouts neck.
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including weather beaten. >> every time you go to it there's something new in the sky. there's something new in the wave. there's nothing between you and that painting. >> reporter: but not all of homer's master works are ocean scened. this one, painted in 1893, is full of foreboding and seems to suggest that the old fox represents the artist himself. >> fox hunt, many consider one of the top ten american paintings of all time >> reporter: why? usually the fox is the hunter. in this case, the crows are hunting the fox. many people think it's him looking at the end of his life >> reporter: homer died in 1910. and i know this is important toward the end of his life. >> he did die in the studio. whether or not he died directly on this day bed, this is always thought of where he died and in
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space >> reporter: where it's preserving >> it's worth preserving reporter: this whole studio, a fitting tribute to an american master. >> i think he sures just art history. it's about culture. maybe that's what makes him bigger than many artists because it's not just the visual arts. he's part of our psyche, i think, as americans. >> osgood: just ahead, trick or treat? dan hurd: when i was a child, california was a leader in education funding.
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navaz hurd: as a mom i want that. as a teacher i want that. prop 38 is an opportunity of a generation. >> osgood: there are pumpkins and then there are pumpkins. here's steve hartman. >> that's history reporter: history it's actually history reporter: pumpkin history. for david in and pumpkin growers across the globe, this is the year they've all been waiting for, the year they would hopefully get to see a pumpkin that makes these look like pom granite seeds, that dwarfs even the 1500-pound giants you see at contests, a pumpkin so massive most growers thought the pound adjust wasn't possible >> it would basically implode. that the shell of the pumpkin the ribs inside wouldn't be strong enough to hold that weight
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>> reporter: like aerospace and the sound barrier, sports and its four-minute mile, the holy grail for giant pumpkin people has always been the one-ton pumpkin. for decades growers have been pursuing this in vein. >> 1500 pounds reporter: but a few months ago rumors started circulating that there were some giants growing in the backyard of this house in green rhode island even though the owner planted foliage to discourage looky-lous, people were trying to get a peak. the grower wanted to downplay expectations until at least one of them got weighed which happened last week. >> 2,000-pound pumpkin reporter: sure enough it topped a ton. 2,009 pounds but here's the really amazing thing. that was supposedly his light pumpkin. the one that looked even heavier and definitely more grotesque was still in the garden >> it's not a beauty contest reporter: where all summer
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long it had been putting on up to 40 pounds a day. >> putting on 30 to 40 pounds a day you could almost watch it grow >> no doubt about it. reporter: you can see it grow you can see it reporter: of course there is a science to this which ron explain and which i didn't understand >> atmospheric nitrogen reporter: i've driven to toledo in things that weigh less than this pumpkin. yesterday ron took it to another competition in warren rhode island for its official weigh-in. 6,000 people showed up hoping to see it break scale or maybe eat somebody or at least set another world record. although larger in circumference than his other monster this one actually weighed less >> it's 1872 reporter: it was a disappointment for the gathered throng and the frankenstein who created the pumpkin. ron was down but definitely not out >> let's go for 2500 pounds reporter: when will this stop? i'm worried about them taking overing the earth >> there has to be a limit at some point. there's a limit on everything, i think >> reporter: let's hope.
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>> you can teach somebody to be a director in a day? >> you can teach a monkey to be a director in a day >> here again is charles osgood osgood: the plot of a soon to be released ben affleck movie seems too outlandish to be true but it is indeed based on a true story and what a story. here's our cbs news national security correspondent david martin. >> reporter: everybody who was alive at the time remembers it. the iran hostage crisis. 53 americans held captive at the american embassy in tehran and then the agony of a failed rescue attempt which left eight american servicemen dead. what you might have forgotten is that there was another rescue mission, one that succeeded >> this is the only thing that we did in iran that worked. >> reporter: and tony men degrees was the guy who made it work. the man known as the c.i.a.'s master of disguise went into tehran and brought out six u.s. diplomats under the noses of revolutionaries chanting, death
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to america." >> just like robbing banks except in our case we had to make it look like the money was still there >> the other guy doesn't know he's been robbed >> and he's happy. reporter: that was 32 years ago. men degrees is now retired, slowd by age and illness. but he is about to appear on the big screen played by ben affleck >> my name is tony men degrees reporter: affleck is the star and director of argo which, as they say in hollywood, is based on a true story. >> these are the screen plays reporter: there's delicious irony in that since men degrees went in to rescue, in his words ex-fill trait the americans disguised as the head of a hollywood scouting crew looking for locations to shoot a movie entitled argo >> you need a cover story reporter: a lie maybe it's not credible but it's so strange that it couldn't be false. it has to be true >> i need you to help me make a fake movie >> you came to the right place
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this movie, if it weren't true, it would be terrible. it would just seem absurd. >> what do you mean the c.i.a. is trying to get people out of iran and now they turn to holy wod for help? the fact that it's based on true events means that you have to sort of take it seriously >> you want to come to hollywood and act like a big shot without actually doing anything >> right you'll fit right in reporter: men degrees and oscar-winning make-up artist john chambers played by john goodman made up a sci-fi movie called orgo whose plot could be described as buck rogers meade the middle east. why the name argo? >> it was kind of a battle cry we used when things were going a little dicey. >> reporter: the code name for this c.i.a. caper came from an obscene knock-knock joke. knock knock, who's there? argo argo who? argo, you can figure out the rest. but argo had to be more than a punch line to a bad joke. it had to have all the trappings
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of real movie which is known in the spy business as back stop >> we have to admit some offices. if you go there or you call them up to answer the phone... >> reporter: you have an office in hollywood >> we decided to call it studio six productions because there's six of these guys and gals >> reporter: the six americans had gotten out of the embassy just before it was taken over by an angry crowd and were hiding out in the homes of canadian diplomats. lee schotts who worked for the u.s. as an agricultural attache was one of the sick >> we got so good at playing scrabble that some of us memorized the design on the back of the tiles and we could avoid a q or pick up a u. i mean hours and hours >> reporter: for all the boredom it was becoming increasingly apparent the iranian were on their trail >> the canadian ambassador was getting anonymous phone calls asking for them by name >> reporter: with time running out, men degrees and one assistant flew into tehran as carrying members of studio 6 productions. >> my chore was to get in and
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get everybody to believe in the first meeting that we were going to be able to do this >> reporter: you were making a hollywood pitch >> exactly reporter: each of the six americans in hiding was given a canadian passport and a cover story that made them members of the argo scouting team. lee schotts became henry w. collins cameraman for studio 6 productions. the airport was the quickest way out but those days in tehran... >> iranian soldiers and secret police have clamped a tight security lid to departure lounges of the airport where cameras are not permitted. >> you get caught going through the airport on false documents with two c.i.a. officers and they find out you're americans... >> it's not a good thing to be doing for your health anyway >> what's your job in the movie producer when was the last movie you produce snd >> high and dry who paid for that? at's your middle name what's your middle name what's your middle name? shoot him. he's an american spy >> reporter: after men degrees quizzed the six on their cover stories to make sure they could
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answer simple questions he cabled c.i.a. headquarters for permission to bring them home. >> the response was he later... see you later exfiltrator >> reporter: the night before they were to leave he set up late finishing off the last bottle of liquor in the house >> that was the last bottle, too. >> reporter: a bad hangover it was bad, yeah reporter: do you think it was was... what made it look so do-able >> if you had to look hazy and foggy at 6:00 in the morning in an airport i was definitely able to pull that off >> reporter: that one you didn't have to fake >> no reporter: everything else about them was fake. >> our hats were canadian. our shirts were canadian. all the paraphernalia that comes along with life this that canadian mark if someone decided to pull us aside and go through luggage. i ended up going through collapsar first and was questioned >> reporter: what did they ask you? >> they asked if i was the
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person in the picture. i said yes. i went like this and pulled my beard down because it was shorter that day. and the guy walks away from his desk into a side room >> reporter: was that the moment of truth for you in this whole operation when that guy walked out? >> that's when it got most serious >> reporter: but the airport official came back with a cup of tea and waved him and the rest of the group through to the departure lounge. >> we chose swiss air because they're on time and maintenance record. and they announced that the flight would be delayed. we had little crisis. you know a crisis of confidence >> reporter: you didn't have to be paranoid to think that they're delaying this flight because somebody is coming to get us? >> yes. reporter: but it really was just a mechanical delay. and after a ca couple of long pe rides the six returned home to a tumultuous welcome. a small badly needed victory for which jimmy carter personally congratulated tony men degrees but only in private. >> announcer: the revolutionary
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government has added canada to its enemies list angered and embarrassed by canada's daring rescue of six americans from tehran >> the canadians did it. the canadians did it. >> reporter: you know that the canadians played a crucial role but the c.i.a. did it. was that a hard fiction to maintain? >> it was a partnership. in this situation it was absolutely the best thing that could have happened for someone other than the americans to take credit for this while they were still holding americans. who cares who gets credit? the c.i.a. isn't in the business of taking credit. >> reporter: after 84 days of hiding, one of the first things the newly freed lee schotts when he got home was run a check on how well back stopped their cover story as a scouting crew for studio 6 productions had been >> i called the phone number on my business card. >> reporter: what did they say? i asked to speak to myself. they said he's traveling in the mideast right now. i said, no, he's home. and then just hung up. ,,,,,,,,,,
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♪ imagine there's no heaven >> osgood: it happened this week. tuesday would have been john lennon's 72nd birthday. to honor the occasion, lien non's widow has opened an exhibit in new york city of the art work of john lennon. though famous for his music, lien non-was an art student when he met paul mccartney who went on to form the beatles. but lien non-never stopped drawing, filling sketch books from 1964 until 1980, the year he was fatally shot outside his new york city apartment building. 100 pieces are on display. the largest collection ever of john lennon's art.
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limited edition prints all for sale of drawings, poems and song lyrics including revolution and day tripper. the exhibit which opened last week to raise funds for charity closes tuesday before moving on to connecticut, michigan and other locations. proof that while john lennon may be gone, his art like his memory lives on. ♪ and the world will live as one ♪ ♪ take me out to the ballgame ♪ take me out with the... >> osgood: ahead, the girls of summer. ,,,,,,,,
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vo: for years, sacramento politicians have chopped away funds for our schools. today, we're forty-seventh out of fifty in per-pupil funding. now these politicians say unless we send more tax dollars to sacramento, they'll cut education again. here's a new approach. prop thirty-eight sends billions in new education dollars straight to our local schools, and guarantees the politicians can't touch it. thirty-eight will restore the education cuts from sacramento. so remember this number. thirty-eight. >> osgood: baseball is often called our national pastime and for good reason. here's bill geist with the story of some women who played a memorable role in baseball history.
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>> reporter: we hear plenty about baseball's beloved "boys of summer." ♪ take me out to the ballgame >> reporter: it's time you met the girls ♪ buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks ♪ ♪ i don't ever ever care if i never get back ♪ ♪ let me root, root, root, for the home team ♪ >> it brings back such memories reporter: mary pratt, 93 years old, a lefty, pitched a no hitter for the rockford team back in '43. >> we girls could play ball the way we did. >> reporter: jeannenine and katie... >> those were the best times of my life really >> reporter: ... began playing pro ball when they were just 16. jeannenine for the grand rapids chicks, katie an all-star for the fort wayne daisies. you remember how much you were paid back then? >> $50 a week reporter: a week. that was good. >> good! that was better than milking cows and 40 cents for mowing the
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lawn. >> reporter: you're still competitive after all those years >> i'll be competitive till i die >> reporter: maybell blair, 85, pitched for the peoria red wings >> nolan line and sandy koufax had nothing on me >> reporter: could you teach them some things? >> oh, my gosh, yes ♪ we're one for all we're all for one we're all americans ♪ >> reporter: in all 47 players from the all american girls' professional baseball league reunited recently at the baseball hall of fame in cooperstown, new york. to see a permanent exhibit about... >> there i am. reporter: ... about themselves, really. >> the belt was different. that's the '50s belt >> reporter: the uniforms they had to wear were short skirted tunics >> oh, my god! those skirts. we didn't have sliding pads. all we had was bloomers. that's it. you can still pick gravel out of my side here.
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i was going to call it my rear end. but you can still pick gravel out of here. >> announcer: an all american pastime. baseball brings out the all american girl league for strange training at alexandria virginia. this girl is quite confident that her hair won't get in her eyes >> reporter: at first players were sent to charm school >> they taught us how to do make-up, to keep our hair nice. how to walk. >> no slacks. no blue jeannes. no shorts. skirts or dresses >> reporter: each team even had a chaperone. >> there used to be a sergeant in the marines >> reporter: (laughing) oh, my god. she was tough but she kept us in line. >> announcer: it's good-bye, baseball, and hello, uncle sam >> reporter: the league started in 1943 when the major and minor leagues were depleted by world war ii. it folded in 1954 and was all but forgotten.
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until 20 years ago when the hit film "a league of their own" premiered. >> she's under it. (crying) >> are you crying? no. reporter: was there ever any crying in baseball? >> god, we don't cry in baseball. >> there's no crying. there's no crying in baseball. >> thank you very much. reporter: since the film, the players have fans again. hundreds of whom turnedded out in the rain at alliance bank stadium in syracuse. >> 1, 2, 3, go all american. reporter: and when the skies cleared, they played a ballgame. >> we're ready to go. reporter: some playing for the first time in decades. >> okay. let's go. >> reporter: maybell coached a
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team of old timers mixed with some young players. >> no excuses out there reporter: and maybell was out to win. >> listen, we're going to try to beat their rear ends. it's going to be rough but we're going to try. >> come on! reporter: they still have that old competitive spirit certainly. >> hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry. you're going to lose. reporter: they don't feel like seniors. they sure don't hit like them. >> way to go, gang. we're cleaning it up now. >> we won, didn't we? reporter: 80-year-olds playing ball like 10-year-olds. oh, they'd won, all right. do you think they still got it? >> he'll always have it, bill.
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until they put up under the ground instead of above this ground. >> osgood: ahead, we set sail with columbus. but first, pete townsend. that'sú: that if you pick three, odds are they'll approach everything in their own unique way -- including investing. so we help clients identify and prioritize their life goals. taking that input and directly matching assets and risk preferences against them. the result? a fully customized plan. we call it goals driven investing. you have unique goals. how about a portfolio specifically designed to achieve them? ♪ expertise matters. find it at northern trust. a deep, throbbing, persistent ache.
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♪ >> osgood: my generation was a huge hit for the who back in 1966. now lead guitarist pete townsend is telling all about the highs and lows of life as a rock star. here's anthony mason with our sunday profile. >> reporter: it's one of the signature moves in rock'n'roll. where did the windmill come from? >> the windmill came from we were doing a show supporting the stones >> reporter: pete townsend windmill wind-up. now he admits he stole it from the rolling stones' keith richards >> as they went on the curtain got in the way of keith richards. he was limbering up, going kind of like that >> reporter: it was london late 1963 and the next time the who played with the stones, richards wasn't windmilling anymore.
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>> i went up to him afterwards and i said don't you do that arm swing thing? he went what? >> reporter: then you decided... so i decided to own it. now i can do it with such force that i can break all six straings downwards. ♪ i'm showing off. i can break them all. ♪ >> reporter: the who would ascend to rock's mountain top, of course.
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their incendiary performances became legendary, and the band has gone on to sell more than 100 million records. but in his new autobiography "who i am" townsend paints himself a reluctant rock star. >> i wish sometimes that i had just been a composer. >> reporter: always happier this is my main, you know, the engine room of my work >> reporter: at home in his studios. >> if i just throw my finger somewhere, something interesting will happen. that's not very good >> reporter: experimenting with sound >> if we get a little box going probably a tango is best. i always find tangos are best for rock'n'roll. you know, it takes about an hour and a quarter to get all the way down to london but it's such a fabulous way to go. >> reporter: it's a short walk from townsend's london home to
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the river thames. he wanted to take us on a cruise aboard the zephyr, a boat he had built himself. townsend spent much of his life near the river. >> that's the house that i lived in. that one there next to the pub. >> reporter: he's used it for some rowdy rock'n'roll behavior like tossing empty champagne bottles at the houses of parliament. >> we would get the bottles and throw them up on to the terrace in a rebellious way. you would hear them land. >> reporter: then they would come back >> one day we're coming back and somebody threw three or four bottles back at us. i don't know who it was. we can go faster, terry. i used to go really fast here. ♪ i can see for miles and miles and miles and miles ♪ >> reporter: but he's also found inspiration along its embankments. >> we can see for miles which was conceived on that stretch of walking up and down there. so for me this is very, very
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familiar ground. tommy here ♪ got a feeling inside ♪ a certain kind >> reporter: as the who's main songwriter, townsend music would give voice to britain's post war generation. ♪ >> reporter: his songs about teen-aged disaffection were rooted in his own troubled childhood. born into amuseical family, his father was a saxophone player, his mother a singer, townsend was just six when his parents sent him away for two years to live with his mentally ill grandmother. you describe it as the darkest part of your life >> yeah. it was. i don't remember much about it. what i can remember was extremely disturbing. >> reporter: in some ways you
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seem haunted by this whole period >> i definitely am. reporter: haunted, townsend says, by the feeling that he was an inconvenience to his parents. >> that probably more than anything, probably far more than whether or not my grandmother tried to drown me or made my life miserable or denied me sleep or food or whatever it is that she did, whether or not any of her weird boyfriends abused me in the middle of the night, that stuff i think i could understand. what i can't understand is why being abandoned, that feeling of being abandoned is so huge and so difficult to get past. >> reporter: it would surface unexpectedly in townsend's epic rock opera "tommy." ♪ see me ♪ feel me the story of a deaf, dumb and blind boy abandoned by his
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parents. >> and i looked at the story. i thought where the hell did that come from? now i kind of know. it came from the deeper recesses of myself conscious. >> reporter: tommy and especially the bap's performance of it hat wood stock would, in townsend's words, elevate the who into american rock aristocracy. up didn't particularly like wood stock? >> the experience? i hated it >> reporter: why? because of the chaos and the disorganization and the mess. >> reporter: at the same time it ended up being pretty important for the band, didn't it? >> vitally important. if we hadn't have been there i don't think we would have succeeded much further. >> reporter: in the '70s the
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who's new and 'emic sound would fill stadiums but drugs were beginning to take their tolls first on the band's drummer keith moon >> the who at their peak... even on that album keith moon was in trouble. this is 1973. you could see he was headed for rock star hell >> reporter: by 1978 moon was dead. and three years later the who would split up. not to reform until the late '90s when they reunited to help save the band's bass player johnent whistle from losing his home. it sounds as if johnentwhistle hadn't needed money the who might never have come back together >> that's true. reporter: you don't seem to mind that you've come back together. (laughing) >> no, of course i don't regret it because the one great thing
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that's come out of it is i got some more time with johnentwhistle. whom i just love to bits. i love him to bits >> reporter: entwhistle would die of a drug overdose in 2002. he was 57 >> but better yet the emergence of a new true, true relationship which i never ever thought would be possible where we're real intimate friends, trust each other >> reporter: why didn't you think it would ever be possible >> because we were so different. reporter: the band's founder and lead singer, he was a former sheet metal worker. townsend a former art student. the who's two surviving members long had an uneasy relationship. >> what's so great for roger and i is that we forgive each other our defects. we are the lord's prayer incarnate. we have trespassed against each other. there's no question
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>> reporter: daltry would stand by townsend at his bleakest ♪ no one knows what it's like to be the bad man ♪ ♪ to be the sad man ♪ behind blue eyes >> reporter: in 2003 townsend was arrested after being named in a child pornography investigation. did you think at that moment that your reputation was effectively destroyed? >> yes. i think so, yeah. >> reporter: as a father of three and possible abuse victim himself, townsend had campaigned against child pornography. >> this idea that there was an industry out there trading in images of children being abused it was and hornet to me >> reporter: to demonstrate that major banks were making money off the industry, townsend says in 1999 he used a credit card to log on to a child pornography
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site. then immediately canceled the account. and that one transaction... >> that one transaction is the one that came up somewhere >> reporter: is is the one that you were arrested for >> yes reporter: the police when they arrested you confiscated 11 of your computers >> 11 computers, yeah reporter: and found ultimately... >> they found nothing. there was nothing. i hadn't searched for child pornography and i hadn't downloaded any >> reporter: townsend accepted an official caution from police rather than face trial. do you feel like you're passed it at that point? >> well, we're talking about it now. >> reporter: now 67, the musician will head back out on tour with the who next month. and pete townsend hopes his memoirs will finally help explain just "who" he really is.
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>> reporter: you talk in the book about ultimately trying to rescue and redeem the lost boy in yourself. >> (laughing) do i? reporter: well, did you? have you? >> yes. yeah, definitely. >> osgood: ahead, good bye columbus. meet the new boss your customer.
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the data she shares from comments, reviews, and social networks tells a company what to make. what it's made from, how it's shipped, and the way it's sold. some companies are increasing sales up to 20% by using analytics to tailor experiences to the one person that matters most. that's what i'm working on. i'm an ibmer. let's build a smarter planet. >> osgood: in 1492 columbus sailed the ocean blue. that's from the school rhyme about christopher columbus whose journeys to the new world we honor tomorrow but there were people here already. as mo rocca now explains not everybody is happy about how things turned out. >> reporter: something curious is happening above new york
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city's columbus circle. tourists and new yorkers alike are rediscovering the statue that stands above it. would you believe it? it's christopher columbus. very nice. >> thank you. i heard from many new yorker fans that they didn't know that there is a statue of columbus here >> reporter: thanks to the art installation of this man. i love what you've done with the place but do you think we should have moved the statue off to the side? to reach the 13-foot statue, visitors climb six flights of stairs to an 800 square foot deluxe apartment in the sky. columbus his own flat screen tv, views of central park, even hardwood floors. >> the problem is there's no bathroom here. >> reporter: there's no bathroom? how did you leave that out?
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tomorrow if you're a federal employee or a school kid, chances are you'll celebrate columbus day. but more and more states are leaving it off off the official calendar, states like alaska, arkansas, california, florida, hawaii, iowa, kansas, kentucky, michigan, minnesota, mississippi, nevada, new hampshire, north carolina, oregon, south carolina, texas, washington, wisconsin and wyoming. does columbus deserve his own holiday? >> well that's a good question because he actually didn't discover north america. he never set foot in new york america and never even knew it existed. he wasn't the first person to discover the american continent from europe. >> reporter: leaf erickson made land fall in north america centuries earlier. and says this historian who strolled with me through new york city's hispanic society, there were plenty of explorers sailing the seas in columbus' era. >> kind of like space exploration. if it hadn't been john glenn to
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be the first person to circle the world it would have been another astronaut at that time because the moment was right >> reporter: there are no ditties about amayor go ves puchy and not just because it's hard to rhyme his name. >> columbus came along and with his outsized ego and his sense of destiny and his also passion for recording what he did, he put his stamp on that era. >> reporter: eye ronic since as every school kid knows columbus was actually looking for a trout to china on the nina, pinta and santa maria set sail. even after four voyages when many of his own ship mates were convinced that they discovered a many of his own ship mates were convinced that they discovered a new world columbus refused to acknowledge it. these sailors are saying, hey, this is not china. this is a whole different thing >> that's right. that's right. so with each voyage in a sense he disproved his hypothesis but didn't want to realize it. so in a certain way there's a certain kind of jihaddic tragic
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heroism about his misguided any. we now look at it with the benefit of hien hindsight as thw world. he would have been astounded at his posthumous reputation. it would have made no sense to him >> reporter: columbus was a brilliant navigator who sailed across the atlantic in five weeks. fast even by today's standards. with almost no loss of life on board. he would introduce europe to the potato, the pineapple, the tomato, and a very bad habit. >> he saw indians walking by with burning weeds in their mouths. well that was tobacco. >> reporter: but that's not why he got his own national holiday. that happened when a u.s. president discovered the italian-american vote. >> columbus day started in 1937 as recently as that by president roosevelt. largely as a political move for a federal holiday. he wanted to incorporate the
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italian-american vote in the democratic party. >> reporter: but even a day off and spectacular discounts can't quiet storm that from the beginning has clouded columbus' legacy. >> columbus was always controversial not just political correctness or something that started in the 1970s. this goes back to his voyages and the brutality was the main reason. stories of the way he treated the indians, the fact that he penned them up or killed them got back to spain. even ferdinand and isabel a who were not known as apostle of humanitarianism were appalled. >> reporter: when the taino indians of byes pan yoal a realized that columbus' men were staying they saw no way out. >> they felt that their homelands and their women were being taken away by columbus' men and that columbus' men were
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stealing the future of their people. they responded by mass suicides. columbus and others write about this. thousands of indians poisoning themselves or jumping off of cliffs to their deaths because they felt that they had no future left. >> reporter: that's one reason why carl frank jr. an i.t. consultant in st. louis wants to rename the holiday >> i feel like instead of having a federal holiday that divides us that we need a federal holiday that unites us >> lift-off. reporter: frank wants to call it exploration day >> it would be unique as a federal holiday in the sense that it celebrates the past and the past explorers the thousands of them, the unnamed as well as the well named and also what is possible for america if we kind of put our heads together and work towards the common goal. >> reporter: but before we say
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>> osgood: now a look at the week ahead on our sunday morning calendar. tuesday, weather permitting, felix bomgardner tries to set a world record with a 23-mile sky dive over new mexico and penn state assistant coach jerry sandusky is sentenced after being convicted on charges of child sexual abuse. wednesday the supreme court is expected to revis it the debate over affirmative action as a factor in college admissions. the nobel prizes are handed out all this week. culminating with the nobel peace prize awarded friday in oslo. saturday the american league and national league championship series get underway.
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>> jump in the water. no! we're in the middle of the ocean. >> osgood: the first presidential debate in colorado on wednesday night sparked a new round of opinions about the election. including one from our contributor ben stein. >> every so often i see something that deeply moves me about being an american. it could be a bald eagle soaring above a lake in north idaho. it could be a crowd at a baseball game. all different races and faces all having a happy time. the first presidential debate this year was one of those great moments. in a campaign that's been boring and nasty, this is a night of civility, information and genuine learning about the men who might be my president. in president obama i saw a man of dignity, deference and politeness. extremely well informed and quick with a quip to express his
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point of view i admired his demand for more detail and his noting the contradictions in governor romney's different plans over the years >> he's been asked over 100 times how you would close those deductions and loopholes and he hasn't been able to identify them >> reporter: and governor romney, as to his chance i've been skeptical i saw a man who lacks specifics but he's extremely adroit of mixing practicality and idealology and i saw a man of good humor who began the evening with con grat layings of mr. obama on his anniversary >> i'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine here with me. >> reporter: i saw a presidential dignity in both men. now both are men of power and material comfort. yet i saw what seemed to me to be a genuine concern for the less well off among us. i saw two men who seemed to me to want the job to help people in need and to defend the nation. >> i of course disagree with senator kennedy >> reporter: i've been following presidential debates since my
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late pal richard nixon debated j.f.k. 52 years ago. in my view this most recent debate was the least rancorous, most and most good natured debate i've ever seen >> we do have a difference when it comes to definitions of small business. >> 54% of america's worker work in businesses that are taxed not at the corporate tax rate but at the individual tax rate. >> reporter: two policy wonks arguing over fairly small points while in basic agreement about their love of america and their reluctance to change anything basic about this country. no hatred, no talk of punishment. just a wish to make something great even greater. now, much may change in the next few weeks. the debates on foreign policy and defense may be totally different. when larry king asked me after the debate last week who won, i said america won and i meant it.
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>> osgood: opinion from ben stein. now to bob scheiffer in washington for a look at what's ahead on "face the nation." good morning, bob >> schieffer: good morning, charles. we have the president's main campaign strategist david axle rod on the campaign and tony larussa on the baseball play-offs. >> osgood: thank you, bob. we'll be watching. next week here on sunday morning >> welcome back! osgood: we talk the talk. with sharon osborne. >> how many now? 14. for two years in a row now,
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